So I have had two microdiscectomies. The last one back in 2008. Haven't been doing too bad since then. All of my symptoms never competely went away but I actually was able to go bike riding 20 miles last summer. I did some other things like raking thatch out of my yard that herniated my disc again. (I think that was what did it) Just got done with a medrol pack. Hoping my body resorbs the herniation like it did the last time.
My question is that my disc is looking dangerously thin now. It's all black on the MRI and looks like it's bulging out on many sides not just where the herniation is. The radiology report only mentions how thin it is and the herniation. My surgeon has not seen it. I am trying to decide if I want to go in to see my surgeon and see if he will do a fusion. I am concered about what my risks are if I do not do the fusion since the disc is getting so thin and causing back pain. Can it cause damage to other things like the facet joints?
I have this delema because I'm really not in extreme pain but I can't sit for long periods of time. And I also am supposed to watch my grandbaby coming up in a few months and need to be able to be in shape for that. OH what to do. Backs are so frustrating. It would just be 6 hours a day four days a week watching the baby. I'll be putting myself at risk with that I think too. Going to try to be very careful.